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The roots of CAMEL go as far as 1964, when the Latimer brothers Andrew and Bryan form part of a band called THE PHANTOM FOUR, after gaining some fame, the band changes their name to STRANGE BREW, a when the bass player Graham Cooper reaches the band. But things were about to change, Ian Latimer and Cooper leave the band and Doug Ferguson joins.

At this point drummer Andrew Ward joins the crew and the seeds were growing in this new Blues oriented band called simply THE BREW, and at last in 1971 with the arrival of keyboardist Peter Bardens CAMEL is officially born.

In their first period CAMEL releases four albums, the self titled debut, which was received with limited enthusiasm by the public, which lead to the change of label from MCA (Who didn't wanted to take risks) to Decca, with whom they stayed for 10 years.

Followed by "Mirage", Snow Goose" and "Moonmadness" (for many their essential trilogy), during the latest album tour, the saxophonist and flute player Mel Collins joins and leads CAMEL to a first radical change in the sound, as well as in the formation because Doug Ferguson is replaced by the Ex CARAVAN bass player Richard Sinclair.

With this formation CAMEL releases two albums, "Rain Dances and "Breathless", which marks for many the end of CAMEL'S golden era mainly because Pete Bardens leaves the band and the next release "I Can See Your House From Here" is considered inferior to the previous releases by the critic.

From this point the lineups constantly changes but the band still releases seven more albums received with different degrees of acceptance, until the last studio album "A Nod And a Wink" sees the light in 2002 (the same year Pete Bardens passes away) completing a large discography of 14 studio releases, 9 live albums, 7 DVD's and several box sets .

Maybe because their style is softer than most of the pioneer bands with atmospheric and light Space Rock overtones their fanbase is not as huge as the ones of the coetaneous and more aggressive bands such as GENESIS (Who in my opinion influenced CAMEL), YES or KING CRIMSON, but CAMEL is without doubt among the most respected groups, and the Latimer - Bardens duo is considered one of the most creative compositional teams.

If I had to choose one album from their prolific discography, my choice would be "Moonmadness" but others such as "Snow Goose" or "Mirage" are beloved by those who love good music.

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CAMEL shows & tickets


  • Zephyren presents A.V.E.S.T. project vol.8 on 21 Mar 2015
  • Camel at The Barbican Centre, York on 8 Jul 2015
  • Be Prog! My Friend on 11 Jul 2015
  • Night of the Prog X on 17 Jul 2015
  • Ramblin' Man Fair on 25 Jul 2015

CAMEL discography


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CAMEL top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.94 | 937 ratings
Camel
1973
4.38 | 1878 ratings
Mirage
1974
4.27 | 1642 ratings
The Snow Goose
1975
4.38 | 1617 ratings
Moonmadness
1976
3.57 | 678 ratings
Rain Dances
1977
3.13 | 572 ratings
Breathless
1978
2.83 | 501 ratings
I Can See Your House From Here
1979
3.60 | 554 ratings
Nude
1981
2.55 | 352 ratings
The Single Factor
1982
3.36 | 515 ratings
Stationary Traveller
1984
3.65 | 375 ratings
Dust And Dreams
1991
3.73 | 448 ratings
Harbour Of Tears
1996
4.02 | 624 ratings
Rajaz
1999
3.95 | 523 ratings
A Nod And A Wink
2002
4.27 | 354 ratings
The Snow Goose (Re-recording)
2013

CAMEL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.27 | 307 ratings
A Live Record
1978
3.28 | 127 ratings
Pressure Points
1984
3.61 | 89 ratings
Camel On The Road 1972
1992
4.43 | 127 ratings
Never Let Go
1993
2.33 | 52 ratings
Camel On The Road 1982
1994
3.28 | 49 ratings
Camel On The Road 1981
1997
4.30 | 104 ratings
Coming Of Age
1998
3.83 | 53 ratings
Camel 73 - 75 Gods of Light
2000
3.56 | 60 ratings
The Paris Collection
2001

CAMEL Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.59 | 34 ratings
Pressure Points - Live in Concert
1984
4.53 | 90 ratings
Coming Of Age (DVD)
1998
2.90 | 21 ratings
Curriculum Vitae
2003
3.88 | 34 ratings
Footage
2004
3.78 | 26 ratings
Footage II
2005
3.89 | 38 ratings
Total Pressure (DVD)
2007
3.99 | 46 ratings
Moondances
2007
4.34 | 63 ratings
The Opening Farewell - Live At The Catalyst (DVD)
2010
4.03 | 17 ratings
In From The Cold
2014

CAMEL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

1.47 | 8 ratings
Chameleon (Best Of Camel)
1981
3.29 | 14 ratings
The Collection
1985
3.73 | 25 ratings
A Compact Compilation
1985
2.40 | 7 ratings
Landscapes
1991
3.46 | 44 ratings
Echoes
1993
2.09 | 8 ratings
Camel (25th Anniversary Compilation)
1997
4.12 | 29 ratings
Lunar Sea - An Anthology 1973-1985
2001
4.01 | 30 ratings
Rainbow's End - A Camel Anthology 1973 - 1985
2010

CAMEL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

4.57 | 23 ratings
Never Let Go
1973
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Snow Goose
1975
5.00 | 1 ratings
Flight Of The Snow Goose
1975
4.57 | 21 ratings
Another Night
1976
3.45 | 12 ratings
Highways of the Sun
1977
4.00 | 1 ratings
Breathless
1978
4.00 | 1 ratings
Your Love Is Stranger Than Mine
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Remote Romance
1979
0.00 | 0 ratings
Remote Romance (German Version)
1979
5.00 | 1 ratings
Lies
1981
4.00 | 1 ratings
No Easy Answer
1982
4.00 | 1 ratings
Selva
1982
0.00 | 0 ratings
Cloak And Dagger Man
1984
3.00 | 2 ratings
Long Goodbyes
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Berlin Occidental (West Berlin)
1984
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lies (Promo Single)
1984
5.00 | 2 ratings
Captured
1986
4.86 | 18 ratings
Never Let Go
2002

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 Nude by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.60 | 554 ratings

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Nude
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by progadicto

3 stars Between two of the most weak Camel albums at early 80, appears this "Nude" as a light into the night.

Perhaps "I Can See Your House From Here" (1979) and "The Single Factor" (1982) are not bad albums, they're far away from the early 70's Camel's masterpieces and even when "Nude" is not at the top of that list (and not even close to some 90's brilliant releases) still it's a good and enjoyable album.

Based upon the true story of a japanese soldier lost in an abandoned island 29 years after the end of WWII, Andy Latimer and friends built a conceptual album with some delightful highlights plenty of proggy sections and sensitive atmospheres. The album starts with the poppy soft sound of "City Life", the only track that sounds totally out of this conceptual attempt. But then after we face a nice list of tracks closer to neo-prog than the classic symphonic Camel stuff from the 70's, most of them instrumetal.

If I got to pick some highlights I'll choose the soaring "Drafted", which has simple and delicate lyrics and a short but beautiful guitar solo; "Docks" and "Beached" which forms a strong instrumental sonic landscape; the almost tribal sound of "Changing Places"; and the powerful, rhythmical and captivating "Captured".

Not one of the best Camel releases but a nice one to listen and meet Latimer's making some good neo-prog stuff...

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 Rajaz by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.02 | 624 ratings

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Rajaz
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Evolver
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3 stars Camel closed out the 20th century with this very good, and even sometimes great album. At this point the band was, of course, Andy Latimer, with ling time members Ton Scherpenzeel on keyboards and Colin Bass on himself, er... I mean bass, and Dave Stewart (no... not that guy... or that one either) on drums, along with a few extras.

The album starts on a high note. Three Wishes, an instrumental, comes of as a light fusion/symphonic piece, that stands up with some of Camel's best instrumentals. Lost And Found and The Final Encore follow. Both of these are fine symphonic pieces, that only suffer from a little too much borrowing from classic Genesis in instrumental arrangement.

The tone then gets mellower with the fine title piece, but stumbles on the banal Shout. Straight To My Heart is somewhat better, a folky tune with a low groove, similar to what Jethro Tull was doing around that time. Sahara is a gem, starting out like a Jeff Beck ballad, and building into a great showpiece.

Lawrence is a mostly disappointing closing track, but does build nicely by the end.

A solid three star album, but how many bands have produced better albums after over 20 years of recording?

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 Long Goodbyes by CAMEL album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1984
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Long Goodbyes
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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3 stars It was until ten years ago that I first listened to CAMEL`s "Stationary Traveller" album, and it also was ten years ago when I wrote a review about it . And by the way, it also was ten years ago when I started to write reviews in Prog Archives and also I was asked then to become a Prog Reviewer. Tonight I discovered that this single was without a review, so I am writing a review about it.

I first saw the "Stationary Traveller" album in some record shops in my city in 1984, and more because it was released by a record label in my country. At that time, I never have listened to CAMEL, and I really was not interested in this band. It was unitl 1993 that I first listened to this band.

Like other Prog Rock bands, CAMEL by 1984 became a more commercially oriented band, and "Stationary Traveller", despite having some very good Prog Rock arrangements, was not an exception. The conceptual theme of the album is now somewhat dated (Cold War) but by 1984 it still was a bit relevant for some people. It also had some typical things from the 80s, like the use of electronic drums, the use of some then new digital keyboards which sometimes sounded like being programmed, and a very "digital" sound. It is a good album, anyway.

Maybe "Long Goodbyes" is the best song from that album, but the live version which was included in the "Pressure Points - Camel Live in Concert" video was played better, with more energy, despite being somewhat marred (like other songs from that video) by a very "telenovela" style conceptual video which was showed along the images from the concert. Fortunately, the band decided to re-release the video of that concert titled as "Total Pressure" with more songs years later ...and fortunately without those "telenovela" style scenes. "Long Goodbyes" is really a ballad, a good ballad, with music from Andy Latimer and lyrics from Susan Hoover (Latimer`s wife, who also wrote the idea for the concept of the album...and maybe also the ideas for those scenes which I don`t like from the original "Pressure Points" video).

The song from the B-side, "Waltzing Frauleins", was not originally included in the "Stationary Traveller" album, but it was included at the start of the "Pressure Points" concert video. I don`t like this song, but it was finally included as a bonus track in the reissued version of the "Stationary Traveller" album some years ago.

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 The Snow Goose by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.27 | 1642 ratings

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Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by benbell

5 stars Apparently this album was originally intended to have lyrics telling the story of The Snow Goose, adapted from a novel by Paul Gallico. At some point during the albums production a copyright infringement complaint resulted in it becoming an instrumental album. I think this has to be one of the great disasters-turned-good of prog rock history as this album is sublime, and I can't imagine that lyrics would do anything but detract from it.

This is a strong concept album of repeated musical themes and passages which, combined with the lack of lyrics to hang titles on, means that I don't really associate track names with most of it. That said, the surprising but (to my taste) perfectly judged arrival of a brief orchestral woodwind interlude(!) means that "Friendship" is one track I know by name, and if someone insisted on listening to a snippet rather than the whole album I'd say it, and the two tracks either side ("The Snow Goose" and "Migration") are probably a high point.

Really though, this is an album that needs to be heard from start to finish. It's a beautifully conceived and executed work. Andy Latimer's guitar work is amongst some of the most expressive and emotional I've heard, and Peter Bardens does an equally fine job on various keyboards. The rhythm section deliver too, but for the most part this really is an album where any virtuoso pyrotechnics have been left outside the studio door and everything is there to serve the music as a whole.

If I don't give five stars for this, I probably never will.

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 Mirage by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.38 | 1878 ratings

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Mirage
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by maryes

5 stars In the "sacred trilogy" from CAMEL which comprises -"Mirage", "The Snow Goose" and "Moonmadness" - I consider "Mirage" the best between this three albums (although the two others are also 5 stars !!! albums)., and my argument is- While in "The Snow Goose" the band shows a more clear inclination to symphonic-prog and in "Moonmadness" this inclination goes slightly in a "soft space-prog" direction..."Mirage" is more eclectic and including besides space and symphonic- prog other styles such heavy-prog , jazz ...Already in the overture of track 1 "Freefall" the more heavy prog approach appears, with the "explosive" arrangement in this initial passage, and another detachable point of "Freefall" be in guitar and keyboard solo in a jazzy mood and the sequence melody (starting aprox 3 min 24 sec until 4 min 20 sec). The track 2 "Supertwister" remenber a FOCUS theme , where besides Latimer's flute the rhythm section in the more "fast" passages is also a high point. The track 3 "Nimrodel / The Procession / The White Rider" is a real eclectic track, because the parts are totally different in styles... the part 1 "Nimrodel" shows initially (after a brief introduction theme) a martial melody (with percusion and piccolo flute) leading the audience to a soft / mellow theme, the part 2 ( starting aprox. at 3 min 46 sec is a very fast and heavy theme with Barden's keyboards ( hammond-organ and synthesizer) "dictating the game", the part 3 "The White Rider" is a space-prog theme with a fantastic Latimer's slide-guitar solo. The track 4 'Earthrise" as the more close in style of "Moonmadness" musical proposition: a jazz-prog with space-prog hints. The track % "Lady Fantasy" ( another track in 3 parts) is probably the most know CAMEL track and in my opinion dispense any comment. Obviously my rate is 5 stars !!!

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 Rajaz by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1999
4.02 | 624 ratings

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Rajaz
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE Team

3 stars CAMEL is one of those bands that I really dig the classic period but kind of gave up after "Moonmadness" simply because there are so many more exciting progressive rock acts to be found. After spotting RAJAZ at my local used music store I was memorized like a desert chimera since the album cover is ever so appealing and it is after all the highest rated album from this band since their classic period. OK I hadda check em out. So I did.

What surprises me about this album is that it doesn't really sound anything like classic CAMEL. This is in no way a symphonic progressive album that has a continuous feel from beginning to end. These tracks are all independent from each other and despite the name of the album and imagery of the artwork there is not really a Saharan desert feel or anything even close to an Arab or Middle Eastern feel to this album.

In fact I would say that this Andrew Latimer guitar oriented album falls into the camp of influence worship. To me I hear an obvious Floydian guitar frenzy dominating the soundscape but also some of the tracks are more of a Moody Blues song structure especially of their classic album "Days Of Future Passed." There is also an air of a Roger Waters or David Gilmour solo album going on here. It also borders on the ever so relaxing genre of elevator music. There is just enough going on here to warrant a 3 star rating. I find certain parts of this album quite satisfying but overall it gets dragged down a bit by the incessant need to relax and copy rather than innovating. CAMEL has always been a chill prog band and this takes that to a new level and that is certainly not the problem here. It's just that there seems to be more influence than creativity. A decent listen nonetheless.

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 Moonmadness by CAMEL album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.38 | 1617 ratings

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Moonmadness
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars By mid-70's Camel were reaching their peak in terms of popularity.The band was voted as ''The Brightest Hope'' in a Melody Maker poll, followed by a monumental presentation of ''The Snow Goose'' in October 75' at the Royal Albert Hall in London, with the London Symphony Orchestra.Next album finds the band collaborating with producer Rhett Davis at the Basing Street Studios in London.''Moonmadness'' was somewhat of a concept album, where individual tracks refered to the individual band members with the lyrics becoming again part of Camel's music structures.It was released in 1976 on Decca.

With each new album Camel were getting closer and closer to a jazzier sound and ''Moonmadness'' was no exception with the band flirting more than ever with the Canterbury sound.Soundwise this was definitely one of the most, if not the most, energetic albums produced by the classic line-up of Latimer/Ward/Bardens/Ferguson.With a deep sense for melodic interplays and more complex instrumentals Camel fused elements of Classical, Canterbury Fusion and Jazz in equal doses to deliver a fantastic work, filled with tremendous keyboard parts, genuine guitar moves and some impressive solos on keyboards and guitars, supported by the flawless rhythm section.As a result the music can become very rich at moments with furious battles between organ and guitar, while a number of breaks lead to more mellow themes with a slight psychedelic touch of the past.The symphonic elements are still present (melodic flute parts, atmospheric synths and sentimental guitar lines), albeit more refined and discreet, and the increase of jazzy rhythms and loose soloing (via the Canterbury-styled keyboards and electric piano) eventually offers a unique combination between smooth arrangements and dense instrumental activity, while the addition of vocals is rather preferable compared to the previous album due the emotional voices of Latimer and Ferguson.However the album is mostly instrumental and the band's inspiration is absolutely fantastic at this point of career with some of the best music ideas they ever recorded.

A classic of the mid-70's.Pronounced synthesizers, unique guitar touches and old-styled keyboards complete a work, where Rock, Classical and Jazz Music meet in a fascinating way.Not much more to add, this is at least a highly recommended album from the endless British Prog scene.

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 In From The Cold by CAMEL album cover DVD/Video, 2014
4.03 | 17 ratings

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In From The Cold
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by friso
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4 stars Camel - In from the Cold DVD (2014)

I saw a gig of this tour in Groningen and I must say it was one of the best rockconcerts I ever saw, right up with Magma and Iron Maiden (in 2004). I've been playing the electric guitar for 12 years now, but that evening forced me to rethink what a guitar actually is. The band received a warmest of welcomes by the Dutch crowd and every note played was just perfect.

Watching this dvd I must admit I was at first a bit dissapointed. Andy Latimer is bit sick and has troubles with his vocals, moreover his playing on the first set is way less accurate then what I witnessed live. But arrangements for a dvd recording can't easily be changed I guess. The mixing of 'The last Farewell' had given the band a heavier feel with more bass and drums, this dvd sound milder - more like the 'Coming of Age' dvd.

Having said that, the dvd is still very good! The first set is an integral version of The Snow Goose with some minor rearrangements, the second set is a walk through the extensive carrere of the band. Tracks like 'Song within a Song', 'Echoes' (a brilliant track that got lost on the otherwise mediocre Breathless album), 'Watching the Bobbins' (this track sounded sooo good live!) and 'Lady Fantasy' are great to hear. The photography fits the music, easy going and focussed on the musicians that take the lead.

Conclusion. A great dvd for fans of the band, but like 'The Opening Farewell' is doesn't come without its defects.To be honest, I think theis recent reincarnation of the band still deserves its definite live footage. Still, what band of the classic prog era can produce anything better? I though so.Three and a halve stars for this one. I will most certainly go and see them again if possible.

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 Pressure Points by CAMEL album cover Live, 1984
3.28 | 127 ratings

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Pressure Points
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by friso
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3 stars Camel - Pressure points (1984) (live)

Now here we have a largely ignored live recording from Camel in the eighties. Andy Latimer is by this time already joined by Colin Bass (bass, vocals), who is still in the band today. On keyboards Ton Scherpenzeel of Kayak fame (Dutch melodic symphonic prog you should check out!). We also get to hear some sax-playing from Mel Collins (King Crimson, APP, Caravan, Camel, etc.)

I guess the reason for the low ratings for this live record it short runningtime, its eighties sound, the track listing and its lack to be as amazing as 'A Live Record', 'Coming of Age' and others. As a vinyl collector the record opens up the possibility to listen to a later era Camel with a sound that is actually little different from how the band would sound in the 21th century.

'Pressure Points' is a highligst, an adventerious instrumental with some furious guitar playing. The tracks from 'Nude' all sound brilliant, with the addition of the symphonic blues rock track 'Lies' being one of my favorite - it's guitar nirvana. I also like the light, yet progressive instrumental track 'Sasquatch'. On side two some poppier tracks from the 'Stationary Traveller' era don't live up to the rest of the material. Furthermore, the addition of 'Rhayadar' and 'Rhayadar goed to town' isn't that refreshing - though I must say the eighties have given these favored tracks a new vibe.

Conclusion. Camel is one of the greatest symphonic progressive rock bands and the fact remains that first side of this record is like really good and the second side isn't bad at all. Recommended to listeneres of vinyl, for others this record perhaps isn't among the first ten Camel records I would recommend to you. Three and halve for this one.

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 Pressure Points by CAMEL album cover Live, 1984
3.28 | 127 ratings

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Pressure Points
Camel Symphonic Prog

Review by Gatot
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Just realized that I have not reviewed this legendary live album by Camel. It just happened last night when I played the cassette version of this album and amazed, again, on the music played by Camel throughout this record which I think it's much more dynamic than any song featured here performed at studio. It happened also not by intention that I played this cassette which I purchased at Yess records in Bandung, West Java sometime in November 1984. It's because on the present days I tried to play all cassette collection that I collected since 70s and 80s during the heydey of progressive rock so that finally I got this album. And when I checked with progarchives I then realized that I have not said anything about this album.

As far as content, I am quite happy with the tracklist capturing their famous tracks like West Berlin, Lies, Rhayader etc. But I am quite disappointed as I found there is no Lady Fantasy captured here. I am very happy with the overall performance of the band as this is is much better and much dynamic as compared to studio version. The music is really alive and the vibe is really good. No wonder this is a very good one because the musicians on top of Andy Latimer (the permanent member of the band) are great with Colin Bass, Ton Scherpenzeel (of Kayak fame) on lead keyboards, Chris Rainbow on vocal & keyboards and the famous sax player in prog music: Mel Collins. It quite entertaining this live record as the music is heavily dominated with keyboard as well as guitar solo almost in all tracks performed. For me personally, I like the fact that these tracks are featured on a right sequence: West Berlin (5:19) - Fingertips (4:48) - Wait (4:28) - Rhayader (2:29) - Rhayader Goes To Town (6:05). The sequels sounds like a concept album to my ears as they flow like one single song with a long duration.

Overall, it's really a very good and enjoyable live record. Keep on proggin' ...!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

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